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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 06:24pm Mar 28, 2002 EST (#922
"We will be adding this new weapon to the armoury that we already
Interesting how generational matters are entering the now.
On the world scene - were peace (not war) the virtue - and the
above principle applied ... why one might see the Parents of
GeorgeWB (had George done the wrong thing - internationally) having
to face an enquiring looking for behaviour modification in they ways
he was brought up :)
Physical punishment is a 'no-no' in the social context!
If physical punishing war is a redundant concept - and peace a
viable one ... then when will people 'look to peace' rather than
resort to war?!
- 07:06pm Mar 28, 2002 EST (#923
" ... Palestinian negotiator said the latest US-Israeli
proposals on implementing the so-called Tenet plan excluded "some
of the Israeli obligations" and "added Palestinian obligations
that were not in the Tenet workplan". http://news.ft.com/home/rw/
- 07:12pm Mar 28, 2002 EST (#924
Psychological assessments It seems astonishing that the
more senior a position, the fewer systematic assessment procedures
seem to be used. http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT355D8K8ZC&live=true
An aptitude for peace? Can this be 'tested' for?
- 07:47pm Mar 28, 2002 EST (#925
A major "aptitude for peace" is, alas, somewhat unnatural for
human beings. It is the inclination to tell the truth.
For war, the ability to bluff is much more important. Deception
is essential for effective attacks, and so the ability to bluff is
prized, and cultivated. For peace, straight information is
the most important single requirement.
Whether this story reports a bluff or not, I can't tell, but I'm
not sure that very many people in the business world would be
capable of the profession of ignorance reported here.
Army Sec. White Under Investigation at Pentagon By REUTERS
. . . includes this:
"White, a retired brigadier general, left a post
as vice chairman of Enron Energy Services to become Army
secretary in early 2001.
" White denied knowledge of Enron's
off-the-books partnerships , which hid huge debts. ``When I
read about it in the newspaper, I was as appalled as everyone
else,'' he said.
I wonder how many people who have actually worked in large
operations would believe that story, if they heard it delivered to
I'd find it difficult to do so.
On issues of missile defense, the question of fraud, and other
forms of systematic deception, aren't the only questions. But they
are questions that need to be adressed.
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- 08:24pm Mar 28, 2002 EST (#926
Lunarchic - On Freedom ... and the Press.
1. There is no absolute freedom anywere I have witnessed so far.
But, my personal sense of freedom of expression can be ranged from
lowest to highest in the following countries as follows:
Soviet Union, United States, Israel - the highest.
The reason I placed the Israel higher then the US is that, may be
purely by chance, I could much easier find a people willing to argue
with your point of view without sticking a label on you. The
On the Press. Here I would argue quite strongly that OBJECTIVELY,
the Israeli press is much more open and free then one in the US. As
well as other mass-media like Radio and TV.
Sorry, I have no idea about the Australian one.
The idea of a strong connection between information-age
revolution and the degree of individual freedom still has to be
proven, in my view. Is seems to lay in ihe realm of the Holliwood
inspired simplistic view of the world. Not much different from any
totalitarian one. Just of a different kind.
As usual, when you see a word "FREE" - better look for the
- 11:28pm Mar 28, 2002 EST (#927
Watching TV Increases Teen, Adult Aggression - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31674-2002Mar28.html
That may explain a lot about the average American.
Worst then just the brain washing...
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